Manomati (1900) written by Rajanikanta Bordoloi is the first major historical novel of Assam.
Manomati is a romantic story in the context of the Burmese invasion. The historical event of the defeat of the Assamese garrisons at the hands of the Burmese is used as a backdrop in this novel. It has an element of suspense. It is a tale of two lovers belonging to two hostile families, who are separated by the war and finally reunited. Bardoloi’s novels are an imaginative re-creation of history. His writings inspired a spirit of patriotism and romanticism.